Environment Influence Behaviour

I’ve been in involved in a lengthy discussion of the use of the word CAUSE. In safety management and incident causation theory the word “cause” has been used (some would say misused) to mean a factor involved in leading to an incident. Right wrong or indifferent, the word cause will continue to be used and misused by many. Recently the discussion turned to the question “Do the conditions “cause” the behaviour?” We’ll I’m personally trying to avoid the use of the word “cause” so let’s look at this example of “influences” on behaviour. Try this yourself…

Today have two meals in resturaunts. Have lunch in a fast food burger place…then dinner in a fine dining establishment. Self observe if the environment changes your eating behaviours. You know it does! Did the environment “cause” your behaviour? I think we could easily argue NO but it CERTAINLY influenced it!


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